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Badgers Lose Close Battle to Northwestern



The No. 17 Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team falls to (3-3-0) overall and (1-2-0) in the Big Ten after losing to the Wildcats 130-113. The men won only five of 13 events, but kept the meet close, until being edged out by the Wildcats in the last event.

Leading the men was Senior Eric Wiesner (Montrose, Colo.) winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.69) and taking second in the 100-yard freestyle (45.40). Co-Captain Adam Mania (Hickman, Neb.) took second in both the 50-yard freestyle (21.00) and 200-yard backstroke (1:48.37) as the only other badger to place in the top two in multiple events.

I thought we performed consistent, and improved a lot from last week, said head coach Eric Hansen. Our men showed great intensity and the young guys stepped up and competed to their potential today.

Others taking first for Wisconsin were Mike Swanson (Lancaster, Pa.) in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:27.42), Tim Liebhold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) in the 400-yard freestyle (3:59.28), Nick Bennett (Birmingham, Ala.) in the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.74) and Tom Molzhan (Barrington, Ill.) in the 500-yard freestyle (4:34.49).

Leading the divers for the third straight meet, was freshman Josh Bonner (Ridley Park, Pa.) taking second on both boards. With scores of 315.60 on the 1-meter and 341.40 on the 3-meter. Josh, and twin brother, Justin had NCAA Zone qualifying scores today, giving them a place in the qualifying rounds in the spring.

There was some real good consistency by both the Bonner boys, said diving coach Josh Seykora. We are going to keep working, and prepare ourselves for the tougher competition of the (Minnesota and Texas) Invites coming up.

The Badgers will be in action next Nov 19-21 in Minneapolis, Minn. at the Minnesota Invite.

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